Plague (Gone Series #4)
  • Plague (Gone Series #4)
  • Plague (Gone Series #4)

Plague (Gone Series #4)

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by Michael Grant
     
 

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It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

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It's been eight months since all the adults disappeared. Gone.

They've survived hunger. They've survived lies. But the stakes keep rising, and the dystopian horror keeps building. Yet despite the simmering unrest left behind by so many battles, power struggles, and angry divides, there is a momentary calm in Perdido Beach.

But enemies in the FAYZ don't just fade away, and in the quiet, deadly things are stirring, mutating, and finding their way free. The Darkness has found its way into the mind of its Nemesis at last and is controlling it through a haze of delirium and confusion. A highly contagious, fatal illness spreads at an alarming rate. Sinister, predatory insects terrorize Perdido Beach. And Sam, Astrid, Diana, and Caine are plagued by a growing doubt that they'll escape—or even survive—life in the FAYZ. With so much turmoil surrounding them, what desperate choices will they make when it comes to saving themselves and those they love?

Plague, Michael Grant's fourth book in the bestselling Gone series, will satisfy dystopian fans of all ages.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Stacey Hayman
The flu has already hit Perdido Beach once, so when kids start complaining of severe, flu-like symptoms, it is thoughtlessly dismissed. The dwindling supply of drinkable water is a bigger concern, but Albert has a plan. Albert wants Sam to take a few other mutant kids to scout a fresh water lake for possible relocation: a good plan, but bad timing. The flu has evolved into something even the Healer cannot fix, with a lung-expelling cough preceding death, and the Gaipahage is creating an army of nearly indestructible bugs that hatch from the body of a living host. If a kid can survive the plague, he might just live long enough to run from the bugs. Multiple, intricate storylines are progressing from previous installments and lingering questions have been answered, making room for new troubles. The author continues to successfully juggle a large cast of characters with complex thoughts and feelings, while providing plenty of intense action sequences, kicking the reading of this book from fast-paced into hyperdrive. The characters' interior struggles are almost as vivid as the action, with worry over the person they are becoming and how they will be viewed if they ever get out. The level of gross-out violence has grown along with the series and may be uncomfortable for readers with a weak stomach. One established couple begins an adult physical relationship and ends with a possible pregnancy, but details are not included. Readers new to the series should start at the beginning and current fans will be satisfied—for now. Reviewer: Stacey Hayman
Kirkus Reviews

Readers who have stuck with the Gone novels up to now will perhaps find enough in this fourth installment to satisfy them on the road to the conclusion that's likely another 1,000 pages away. Others, not so much. With very little recap of life in the FAYZ, it's easy to become mired in the tedious goings-on of the endless cast of nearly indistinguishable, unlikable, power-hungry characters who are beset by dual plagues—flu and an infestation of parasitic insects that become giant, metallic killer bugs on a rampage. Clunky writing is at times reminiscent of a B movie, at others of a romance novel: "Yes, yes, she wanted him. She wanted to be in his arms. She wanted to kiss him. And maybe more. Maybe a lot more." The distinction in the FAYZ between Freaks and Normals is not made clear, at least not before this dialogue: " 'You and me, we're normal people. We're not black or queer or Mexican And we're the ones digging toilets'...'Astrid's a normal white person'... 'Sam's a freak, and I think he might even be a Jew.' "Pete, an autistic boy at the heart of the battle with the Darkness, is referred to as a "mutant retard," "freaktard," or just plain " 'tard." Utterly missable.(Science fiction. 12 & up)

Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) (Starred Review)
Praise for PLAGUE“The very definition of a page-turner.”—ALA Booklist“The characters’ interior struggles are almost as vivid as the action. Fans will be satisfied—for now.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061449123
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/05/2011
Series:
Gone Series, #4
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
146,879
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
HL570L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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